Visualizing Space Data Footprints – Impact


Arizona State University (Tempe Campus)


Iron Class (2018 – 2019)

Student Team

Saharaj Asa, Software Engineering
Abrahm Coury, Computer Science
Pragathi Gopal, Computer Science
Edwin Jose, Computer Science
Yifan Tian, Computer Science
Chris Warren, Computer Science

Scientific & Technical Guidance

Scott Dickenshied, Scientific Software Engineer, ASU Mars Space Flight Facility

Academic Guidance

Dr. Ryan Meuth, Lecturer, Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
Dr. Ming Zhao, Associate Professor, Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Project Description

In preparation for arrival at Psyche, Psyche team members proposed a capstone project to develop the functionality to calculate observation outlines for images that partially look into space. Increasingly, it will be useful for missions to asteroids and comets to be able to calculate regions on irregular shaped bodies that have been covered by a particular image, regardless of whether the body completely fills the field of view. Most of the higher-level tools available today are limited to spheroid shaped bodies and/or images that do not extend into space.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Arizona State University Capstone Courses “CSE 485-486”. The work is a result of the Psyche Student Collaborations component of NASA’s Psyche Mission ( “Psyche: A Journey to a Metal World” [Contract number NNM16AA09C] is part of the NASA Discovery Program mission to solar system targets. Trade names and trademarks of ASU and NASA are used in this work for identification only. Their usage does not constitute an official endorsement, either expressed or implied, by Arizona State University or National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of ASU or NASA.